We have received answers to questions from Alyia Gaskins:
Q. What is the process for getting the park on Polk Ave. dedicated as a nature sanctuary?
A. From past practice, the City hasn’t designated park properties as nature sanctuaries. Polk Ave. Park is one of multiple properties that RPCA will be considering rezoning from their current zoning status to Public Open Space (POS).
Q. What is the construction timeline for Ft. Ward Park, specifically the gazebo and playground?
A. We anticipate completion within 4-6 weeks. We have experienced a delay and the need to make a modification to the ADA parking spaces. As soon as the change order is finalized, we will provide an updated construction schedule. The parking spaces are the connection point for the accessible trail to the shelter.
Q. How can residents comment on or learn more about the $5m that the city recently received for construction of the Holmes Run Trail Bridge at North Morgan Street?
A. City staff are working on a few details and will provide more information by this fall. City Council approved design funding for this project in FY 2025 pending successful award of the $5M with the anticipation that construction would begin in late 2025 or early 2026. The $5M award is for a designated project to replace the current fair-weather bridge in Dora Kelley Park with a raised bridge. This project is independent from the other four ongoing projects and there will be no delay in their schedules resulting from this new project.
-Alyia Gaskins, Councilmember, Cell: 703-244-3312, Alyia.firstname.lastname@example.org